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 Fomitopsis mounceae

FunDiS Conservation Working Group

Today, fungi are under threat like never before. Habitat destruction, pollution and climate change mean that fungi are going extinct or changing distribution faster than we can catalog and map them. Underfunded mycology departments and a loss of “alphataxonomists” mean there are fewer individuals with the time and expertise to document and describe them. And, because institutions and the general public don’t understand the critical contribution of fungi to ecosystems, this will not change anytime soon.

 

This creates not only an opportunity but an urgent need to put FunDiS into the service of conservation, as a tool to help document and even protect rare and endangered species, or a way of tracking species that are harbingers of climate change. 

 

During the past few months we assembled a working group of mycologists and leaders in fungal conservation to develop a plan for putting FunDiS in service of fungal conservation. This group has developed some exciting ideas that we’ll share later in the year. Stay tuned!

About Fungal Diversity Survey

FunDiS is dedicated to a world in which the fungal kingdom is fully documented, understood, appreciated and protected.